Japan loves it some Monster Hunter. Take the latest version, the PSP to PlayStation 3 port -- or if you prefer "PSP Remaster" -- Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Version. It's Japan's hottest game right now.
The PS3 update of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd sold more than a quarter million copies in its debut week in Japan. Quite good. But not nearly as good as the 1.9 million copies the PSP version sold during its first week on the market. Still, pretty good news for Sony and Capcom.
Media Create's top 10 sales chart was dominated by PSP and PS3 software, with a ton of new Japanese-flavored games debuting in the top five. Gundam stuff. Musou stuff. Just no Gundam Musou stuff.
Read on for the top 20 games in Japan for the week of August 22 to 28, courtesy of sales tracker Media Create.
01. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Version (PS3) - 287,829 / NEW 02. Black * Rock Shooter: The Game (PSP) - 105,277 / NEW 03. Mobile Suit Gundam: Shin Gihren no Yabou (PSP) - 75,611 / NEW 04. Sengoku Musou 3 Empires (PS3) - 70,254 / NEW 05. Shin Sangoku Musou 6 Special (PSP) - 25,308 / NEW 06. Rhythm Heaven Wii (Wii) - 25,063 / 399,552 07. MonHun Nikki: Poka Poka Ailu Mura G (PSP) - 23,151 / 162,416 08. Kirby Mass Attack (DS) - 18,901 / 181,224 09. Pokemon Super Scramble (3DS) - 15,764 / 134,201 10. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS) - 13,423 / 348,964
11. Wii Sports Resort with Wii Remote (Wii) 12. Suite PreCure: Melody Collection (DS) 13. Durarara!! 3way Standoff: Alley (PSP) 14. Kaitou Tenshi Twin Angel: Toki to Sekai no Meikyuu (PSP) 15. Toriko: Gourmet Survival (PSP) 16. J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 7 Euro Plus (PSP) 17. Taiko no Tatsujin Portable DX (PSP) 18. Persona 3 Portable "The Best" (PSP) 19. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves "The Best" (PS3) 20. Pokemon Black / White (DS)
On the hardware front, the cheaper Nintendo 3DS reigns supreme, selling nearly twice its closest competitor, the PlayStation 3. Hopefully for Nintendo, that'll mean more 3DS games (other than The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D) showing up in the software bestsellers chart.
Nintendo 3DS - 60,781 PlayStation 3 - 33,141 PSP - 31,310 Wii - 11,342 Nintendo DSi LL - 3235 Nintendo DSi - 2384 PlayStation 2 - 1580 Xbox 360 - 1393 Nintendo DS Lite - 110 PSP go - 20